Grateful for our Carlsbad Beaches

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. CA DRE #01490977

I’m so Thankful for our Beaches 


The November 2022 Gratitude Challenge has all been about being thankful. We’ve had the entire month to share up to 4 posts about what we are grateful for, which no doubt is pretty easy to do.  It’s been fun to participate, but even better to read so many wonderful posts about gratitude and being thankful!


For my last post, I wanted to share my gratitude for our Carlsbad beaches. I am thankful in so many ways! I have spent the majority of my life near beaches, or within an hour or so, on both the east and west coasts. For me it would be very difficult to live far away from the beach, and the lifestyle that I enjoy so much.


Carlsbad beach 


Carlsbad is essentially one big beach, about 7 miles long. And there are a number of different named beaches (e.g., Tamarack Beach, South Ponto State Beach, North Ponto State Beach, Hole in the Fence, Warm Waters, Terramar, Jetties, Army Navy, and more).


There are plenty of access points, some more difficult that other. Some have stairs, a few areas are accessed by beach paths, and in some areas you can walk from your parking spot along the Coast Road right onto the beach (especially in South Carlsbad).


Terramar Beach stairs 


Carlsbad beaches offer excellent accessibility, and that’s a lot to be thankful for. While we have a couple of parking lots at the state beach where there is a fee, for the most part parking is free along the Coast Road (aka Route 101 and Carlsbad Boulevard). You can also park in adjacent neighborhoods across the street if needed. Thus all residents and visitors can park and enjoy the beach whenever they wish for free.


Thankfully, the beaches in Carlsbad are NOT limited to the fortunate few who can afford to live on or next to the beach, but are available to anyone – the beaches are not private.


 Terramar Beach oceanfront homes


Obviously parking can sometimes be a challenge, especially in the summer, when the weather is particularly nice, around the holidays, and for special events like the Carlsbad Marathon.


For those who enjoy camping there are a number of options at the state beaches on the bluffs, including accessible camp sites and tables. I am not a camper but I’ve heard the camping areas are very popular and fill up fast, even a year in advance.


There are designated parking spots for those with disabilities, and the South Ponto Beach area offers an accessibility ramp as well as a beach wheelchair.


There’s something very tranquil about the beach, even when crowded on our summer holidays. Personally, I find it immediately relaxing to take walks or even just to drive along going to and from appointments. Or to stop for a few moments at sunset to enjoy the beauty.


Even better when my wife and I take a few moments, along with my camera, to enjoy nature’s beauty, especially the sunsets.


 Sunset watching in Carlsbad


I’m thankful to be able to enjoy a lifestyle by the beach and all that the beaches offer that suit my style and personality. That, so far, does NOT extend to surfing! And I’m grateful to be able to help others find their lifestyle and home by the beaches.


The beaches are a big draw for visitors year-round, who, in addition to our residents, contribute to the local Carlsbad economy and our growing community.


I’m grateful for the private, city, county, and state organizations who help keep our beaches in Carlsbad clean, and deal with erosion, beach sand replenishment, and related issues like bluff collapses. I think most people are careful when using the beaches, but some leave trash scattered about or climb on the bluffs which can cause erosion issues, as well as being dangerous.


Here are just a few of these organizations: Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, the Surfrider Organization, the California Coastal Commission, San Diego Coastkeeper, I Love a Clean San Diego, and the Carlsbad Department of Parks and Recreation.


These organizations organize clean-up efforts, provide education, and some sponsor fund-raising and educational events. Of course residents and visitors can do their part to help protect our beaches and keep trash from the ocean.


I’ve lived in Carlsbad near the beach for almost 18 years now and continue to love where we live. I’m so very thankful we live here, and to be able to help those who want to live here to do so!


Terramar Beach 2017

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Comments (14)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff you are very blessed with beautiful beaches, and with the warm weather to enjoy them.

Nov 29, 2022 01:27 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

No argument here George Souto 

You are so right about the weather - there may be some chilly days but you can pretty much enjoy the beach in some way all year round, just maybe not in a bathing suit.


Nov 29, 2022 01:50 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Jeff - you're so right in your reply to the comment by George Souto about how accessible (weather-wise) beaches in your area are for most of the year.  Those of us who live in such an environment can rightfully shout that loud and clear.  

Nov 29, 2022 02:38 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

It's different from where I lived in Boston when we went to the beaches Michael Jacobs

Access was more challenging, there were private areas, and free parking was limited and some of that required resident stickers.


Nov 29, 2022 02:58 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Jeff,

Love the Carlsbad beaches and I can see why you are so thankful to live in sunny weather and the beaches! Wonderful photos!

Nov 29, 2022 03:01 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi Dorie Dillard Austin TX 

Thank you so much! Yes, it's a special place and we enjoy so many things about being here.


Nov 29, 2022 05:30 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Sometimes I feel I have salt water flowing through my veins and I love the feeling of sand believe my bare feet Jeff 🙂

Nov 29, 2022 03:10 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

That's a great way to put it Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS Life by the beach is pretty special!


Nov 29, 2022 07:49 PM
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

Haha when I hear Carlsbad I automatically think.... caverns. How nice to have such lovely beaches. I agree and love the beaches, so healing! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!!

Nov 29, 2022 03:11 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Ha ha Cathy Criado  Lots of people think of the Carlsbad Caverns, too, I think. Just a little different here!

Thanks for stopping by.


Nov 29, 2022 07:50 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Jeff Dowler, CRS You are truly blessed. It has been years since I have been to a beach. When I see a picture or think of a beach having spent a good part of my younger life at the beach. I can still smell the wonderful smell of the saltwater and hear the waves crashing. You do have so much to be grateful for.  

Nov 29, 2022 03:18 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

There is definitely something special about the beach Hannah Williams . It may not be everyone's choice but it sure is mine!

Sounds like it's time for you to have some special beach time!


Nov 29, 2022 07:53 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, you know I love your beaches, Jeff and would love to see myself living there, years down the road! I also love that you maintain (mostly) 75º temperatures all year long. What a wonderful lifestyle...and you know I would love those sunsets too! 

Nov 29, 2022 10:52 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

I do indeed, but thank you for saying it Debe Maxwell, CRS .

Yep our weather is pretty nice, most of the time. 75 degrees at the beach in January of February (not common but it happens) is not a bad thing.


Nov 30, 2022 05:23 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Jeff - what a wonderful post and what wonderful pictures.  Your beaches can be enjoyed by people year round.

Nov 30, 2022 03:43 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks for the compliment Grant Schneider  I doubt there are many days when no one is at the beach. Even in the winter rain you get surfers!


Nov 30, 2022 05:24 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Jeff. Having lived in Florida for 27 years, must agree the beaches are a great way to clear the mind and relax. Good for you! Enjoy your next visit.

Nov 30, 2022 04:42 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi Wayne Martin  I know you understand the pleasure of being near the beach! Guess yours now is a bit chillier but still beautiful.

I hope to drive by again soon to check out the trees that get decorated each year on the bluff.


Nov 30, 2022 07:13 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Jeff... while I am familiar with numerous areas of southern California, I've never been to Carlsbad... I'd love to visit one day and see those gorgeous beaches for myself (and all the other wonderful things Carlsbad has to offer that you write about).

Nov 30, 2022 05:20 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker  California does, indeed, offer a wide range of coastal beauty. I hope you make it hear someday but if not glad you can enjoy what I share.


Nov 30, 2022 07:14 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I see some familiar sights in the pictures you have shared and I really enjoyed the time that I spent on the beaches in Carlsbad.

Nov 30, 2022 05:37 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank you Brian England  I know you enjoyed your time here in Carlsbad and hope you can do so again!


Nov 30, 2022 07:17 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Dolores and I lived on the Virginia Beach oceanfront for 18 years. I do miss the ocean and the views.

Nov 30, 2022 08:01 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi Roy Kelley  What a nice memory.

We had a vacation home on the bluff in Wellfleet on Cape Cod, MA on the bay and it was very special - we still miss it after all these years!


Nov 30, 2022 07:18 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I can see why you're grateful for your beautiful beaches. There is nothing like being by the water.

Dec 01, 2022 08:33 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank you Lise Howe  Being near or at the beach is very special for us!


Dec 01, 2022 09:17 AM